The Storm of June 1899




Photo– Carleton Place 1910– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



June 1899 Carleton Place

Last Wednesday afternoon, when the air was extremely sultry, a thunder cloud passed over us, suddenly and without warning, burst with a terrible crash, striking terror into the bones of all nervously disposed.  The delivery wagon of Messrs. Mitchell and Cram, laden with egg cases ready for shipment, was standing before the Summit store and when the clap came the pony started and dashed across the street, colliding with the screen door of Mr. Knox and smashing a large pane of glass in Mr. Swann’s window and spilling several boxes of eggs on the sidewalk.


The horse then dashed across the street to Mr. Shaw’s, colliding with the electric light pole and overturning and smashing the wagon.  Some 60 dozen eggs were broken in all, besides other damage.  Carleton Place Herald-1899


Among other residents sharing the Carleton Place village scene of a century ago were: the families of Jacob Leslie, cabinet maker; George and Robert McLean and Henry Beck, carpenters;  Alexander Dalgety, carpenter, Hugh McLeod, miller; James Duncan and Duncan McGregor, blacksmiths; Joseph Gilhuly, carriage maker; James McFadden, and William Moore, shoemakers; also William Kelly, saloon keeper; William Paisley, carter; John Cameron, John Neil and Robert Knox, labourers; William Bradley, weaver, and William Nowlan, painter; Joseph Thompson, railway switchman; Thomas Hughes, station master and Frederick S. Haight, M.A., school master.

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To All the Snowmageddons I Have Loved Before

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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